Saturday School : Class Information + Registration

Course information below is for the 2013-14 program. Check back in August for Information regarding the 2014 -15 program.

 

Animation Graphic Design I
Audition Preparation for College Admission Graphic Design II
Ceramics Graphic Novel + Comics
Creative Writing Illustration
Digital Cinematography + Filmmaking Jewelry + Metals
Digital Photography I Painting I
Digital Photography II Painting II
Drawing I Portfolio Preparation for College Admission
Drawing II Screen Printing
Experimental Photo - Alternative Processes Sculpture + Installation
Figure Drawing Theater Improvisation
Glass Wearable Art
   

 

Animation
SS 112 01

Beginning with the basic fundamentals of hand-drawn animation, timing and motion studies, work with a professional animator while seeking to master a variety of techniques, including stop-motion animation. Near the end of the workshop you will create a short animated movie recorded on DVD.

 

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Audition Preparation for College Admission
Fall semester only
SS 144
This course guides you through the audition process for both college and professional roles. Topics include individual monologue coaching and cold reading, how to land an audition and tips and tools for the cultivation of the actor on the artistic journey. You will workshop a monologue you can continue to develop and take with you to auditions. The course culminates in a mock audition paneled by industry professionals.

 

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Ceramics
Fall semester only
SS 106
Explore different types of clay and building techniques by making functional and/or sculptural ceramic works. Tile making, coil building, clay slab construction and throwing are covered. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials including porcelain, dark stoneware, slips, under glazes and glazes.

 

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Creative Writing
SS 123 01

In this course express yourself through the art of the written word and work towards developing your own writing style. Study basic strategies of writing dialogue, creating settings, developing scenes and characters and more. Emphasis is on generating new material, in-class discussions and revision.

 

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Digital Cinematography + Filmmaking
SS 131
Enhance the quality and look of your video images in this course devoted to the development of digital video camera skills. Techniques in shot composition, lighting and exposure are covered in detail for both beginning students as well as those with prior experience. Learn to position the camera and study the cinematography secrets of independent films and Hollywood classics. You will complete hands-on production exercises each week and leave with a team-developed, portfolio-quality final project.

 

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Digital Photography I
SS 132 01

Learn about composition, exposure and lighting to create inventive, high-quality photographs. In addition to critiques with your peers, topics include camera functions, image storage, batch processing and various means of output. Using digital cameras, you will work both in the computer lab and throughout Philadelphia on shooting assignments. You must own a digital camera to participate in this class.

 

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Digital Photography II - CANCELLED
Spring semester only
SS 189 01

Geared towards a more advanced digital photography student, this class is a great follow-up to the Digital Photography I course. Fine tune your shooting skills, develop an efficient workflow and learn various means of image adjustment. Assignments present both technical and creative challenges as you work towards cultivating your individual vision. You must come prepared for the first day of class with your own DSLR camera. Prior experience using the manual functions of a DSLR camera is required.

 

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Drawing I
SS 101 01

Explore the fundamentals of basic drawing by honing your observation skills while working from still life, models and landscapes. Work with media such as charcoal, pencil and ink to develop basic skills such as perspective, composition, light and shadow and tonal variations. A historical understanding of drawing is also part of the coursework.

 

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Drawing II
SS 125 01

Working in a variety of black and white colored materials (ex: charcoal, conte, pastel), the student will explore how to render dynamic structure through a comprehension of line, shape and tone. The course will include both quick, high energy studies (ex. gesture drawing, bling contour, group drawings) and more prolonged "finished" drawings suitable for portfolios. The nude figure will be drawn from life and imagination to enahnce the students ability to render the human form with greater understanding and facility. Issues of design and composition will also be included. All students are welcome but we recommend that students complete Drawing I before attempting Drawing II.

 

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Experimental Photo - Alternative Processes
SS 188
Open to both experienced photographers and beginners, this course introduces you to experimental photo processes and nontraditional ways to consider the photographic image. Using a variety of films and cameras while pushing the boundaries of how one views the world, you will explore processes such as pinhole cameras and cyanotypes. You must have a 35mm automatic and/or manual camera.

 

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Figure Drawing
SS 103 01

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of anatomy and drawing from the nude. Develop drawing and visual skills while working primarily from the skeleton and nude models. You will learn basic anatomy, gesture, structure, proportion, line and tone. Prior drawing experience is required.

 

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Glass
Fall semester only
SS 194
In this class, learn basic glass techniques to make small sculptural and functional glass objects. You will use methods to form glass with fusing and slumping (bending) techniques and explore this unique medium through demonstrations and hands-on projects.

 

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Graphic Design I
SS 104 01

Learn the fundamental design processes and master visual knowledge by experimenting with form, space and composition. In this course, focus on key elements for visual communication such as type design, layout and image treatment. You will work in various media and ultimately produce work digitally. Projects may include a poster or a cover for a CD or book.

 

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Graphic Design II
Spring semester only
SS 204 01

In this class, students explore some of the infinite methods available to those in graphic design and advertising as well as other commercial arts. The class develops projects in various computer software programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop and others. Once familiar with the tools, students begin to make their ideas speak visually. This can be an excellent follow up to the fall Graphic Design I course or it can be taken independently. Previous drawing and design/ computer experience is required.

 

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Graphic Novel + Comics
SS 210 01

In this course students investigate narrative development as they explore the elements involved in making a graphic novel. Learn and execute the processes involved in making a graphic novel from the conceptual stages to illustration and beyond. Develop writing skills as well as drawing and character development in this stimulating course.

 

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Illustration - NEW!
SS 213 01

Do you like to tell stories with your art? Combine both traditional (hand drawn) and digital techniques to bring your stories to life. Learn a full spectrum of drawing and painting techniques as well as design and digital processes from a professional illustrator and designer. Students choose from an assortment of projectes including: character design, sequential (comics and children's books) and poster design.

 

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Jewelry + Metals
Spring semester only
SS 107 01

Learn the basics of metalsmithing using metals techniques such as sawing, piercing, soldering, riveting and finishing. In this course you will create unique jewelry or small sculptural compositions in silver, bronze, brass and/or copper.

 

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Painting I
SS 108 01

Heightened perception is developed as you explore the study of color, surface and composition using acrylic paints and working with still lifes and nude models. Color theory and paint mixing techniques are addressed as you learn the fundamentals of painting. Prior drawing experience is helpful. This class is a great introduction to Painting II.

 

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Painting II
Spring semester only
SS 208 01

In this class students have the opportunity to work on paintings of the nude figure over multiple sessions. Explore composition, balance, proportion, scale and shape. Technical aspects of painting such as value, color, form and style are also addressed. Students may work in their preference of oil or acrylic. Prior drawing and painting experience are required.

 

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Portfolio Preparation 
SS 102 01

What are colleges looking for in a portfolio? Work with a variety of 2-D media to create between four and six pieces suitable for a college application portfolio. Subjects of study include the human figure (nude models), portraiture, design and still life. You will have an opportunity to review work you created in and outside of class with a UArts admissions counselor. This course is limited to high school juniors and seniors and is divided into two sections after a proficiency exercise is conducted on the first day.

 

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Screen Printing
Fall semester only
SS 115 01

Students learn the basics of screen printing by utilizing photo-emulsion as stencil material for layering colors and images onto a variety of papers or fabrics. Students can print their own hand-drawn images or use photographic or digital images to create their compositions. Students print an edition to be shared with the class and possibly a one-of-a-kind experimental print or T-shirt.

 

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Sculpture  + Installation
Spring semester only
SS 124 01

This class focuses on the use of found objects as well as traditional and non-traditional materials to realize a three dimensional form or installation. The emphasis is on generating ideas and using these ideas to create large-scale objects and environments. To challenge your notions of what art is and what it can be, experimenting with different media and manipulating materials to best express ideas is encouraged.

 

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Theater Improvisation
Spring semester only
SS 150 01
This course is geared towards the performing arts student. Using the basic tenets of improv, the class focuses on long form improv and scene development. Learn to listen actively, be present in the moment, and work from a place of creativity and personal truth. Through games, team building exercises, and basic scene work, explore various methods for finding and making creative choices in improv.  Some topics include creating memorable characters through physical exploration, building the platform, improvised monologues, group scenes, and crafting an ensemble.

 

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Wearable Art
SS 141
This introductory fibers mixed-media course introduces you to basic sewing, pattern making and sculptural techniques, as well as experimental and untraditional methods of garment construction. Explore the extensive possibilities of costume, fashion and performance. In addition to your studio practice, be exposed to various cultural, political, historical and contemporary aspects of costume.

 

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